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What Is the Standard for 911 Call Center Response Times?

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Allison & Ward

When we face a serious injury or threat, our first instinct is to dial 9-1-1. Austin’s 911-call center has undergone some hard times. Fortunately, a recent report from KXAN says that government officials are making changes at the 911-call center to maintain efficient response times. The national standard for emergency call centers is answering 90 percent of all calls in less than 10 seconds. In 2013, Austin’s call center lived up to that standard except on Halloween. On Halloween last year, a flood of calls overwhelmed the small staff at the call center. Following that event, officials responsible for safety created a new action plan to avoid similar issues in the future. How Is Austin Improving its 911 Call Center? A report listed many recommendations for helping the Austin 911 call center improve its intake: It recommends continual call taker training for emergency preparedness. It recommends developing alternate call centers…
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Have Medical Malpractice Payouts Increased in Texas?

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Allison & Ward

Medical malpractice payouts in Texas went down slightly from 2012 to 2013. According to Diedrich Healthcare, the per capita payouts for Texas residents were $3.03 million in 2012 and $3.02 in 2013. Texas paid out around $60 to 80 million in 2013. Have Medical Malpractice Payouts Risen in the United States? Fortunately, there is some good news on medical malpractice payouts in the United States. Diedrich Healthcare says, “2013 marks the first time since 2003 that there was an increase in total payout amounts.” In 2013, $3.7 billion was paid out in medical malpractice cases. It is great news that medical malpractice payouts increased, because that means more people are being compensated fairly for the injuries they incurred at the hands of a negligent healthcare provider. How Often Are Medical Malpractice Cases Settled? Most medical malpractice lawsuits end in settlement. In 2013, 96 percent of the cases were settled while…
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Does Texas Have a State Level Occupational Inspection Agency?

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Allison & Ward

The Dallas Morning News recently determined that workers in Texas are 12 percent more likely to die on the job than in any other state. Additionally, RawStory says, “One of the driving forces of Texas’s economy, construction, is also one of its deadliest.” Construction workers in the Lone Star State are 22 percent more likely to be killed on a jobsite as compared with other states. RawStory says there are many reasons for this: Many undocumented workers are untrained for the job. Texas is one of the most difficult states to organize a union in. Texas does not have a state-level occupational safety inspection agency. It relies on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to oversee workplace conditions, which is run by the federal government. Since Texas does not assist with inspecting jobsites, OSHA is frequently undermanned. This means it cannot inspect all workplaces adequately. Are Second-Tier Subcontractors Dangerous…
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